Reconceptualizing our practice to inspire a sense of wonder in children

On February 23, we facilitated a workshop to teachers from across the province interested in our approach to working with children. The workshop was titled ‘Provocations, Observations, and Reflections and was intended to support teachers with the following…

  • Reviewing the guiding principles of the Reggio Emilia approach

  • Developing unique and meaningful learning experiences for children

  • Being a reflective practitioner before, during, and after provocations and learning experiences

  • Reconceptualizing our image of the child and our image of the teacher

  • Learning and understanding Acorn School’s cycle of provocations, observations, and reflections

There was much wonderful discourse about our different journeys to discovering Reggio and the joys and challenges we face as educators. We learned that as educators we are learning as we go and that our practice is always evolving.

Some teachers reflecting on their image of the teacher and their image of the child
Some teachers reflecting on their image of the teacher and their image of the child

Our guiding question for the day was: How can I reconceptualize my practice as a means to inspire a sense of wonder in the children I work with?

Our advice to the group was to reflect on who they are as an individual, as a teacher, and their image of the child. A truly reflective practitioner is always re-evaluating their work with children and looking for new inspiration from the world around them. If we ourselves can live with a sense of wonder and discovery then we are bound to foster children who are inquisitive and critical thinkers.

Here are some of the provocations we set up for the teachers to explore

Here are some of the provocations we set up for the teachers to explore

Thank you to all of the professionals who came out to the workshop. We hope that you walked away from our school inspired. Also, thank you to the Acorn faculty for organizing and writing a fun, and eventful day full of learning and reflection. We look forward to seeing some return visitors!

Here are some photographs of the day

In discussion about teaching practices

In discussion about teaching practices

Teachers in discussion

Teachers in discussion

 

Everyone discovered their inner artist that day and created the most beautiful compositions

Everyone discovered their inner artist that day and created the most beautiful compositions

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